Fundraiser for Premature Kiper Twins Set for 9/22
On May 24, 2012, Holly Kiper gave birth to twins Samuel and Reid after just 23 weeks and 5 days of pregnancy. The children, as you might expect, remain in the hospital to this day, and they desperately need our help.
A fundraiser for this family has been planned, as their medical expenses needed to get these boys healthy will be astronomical.
Here are the details courtesy of Jill Conrad, fundraiser organizer:
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter requesting donations for a sweet family with twin boys born very premature. The Kiper twins were born on May 24, 2012, at just 23 weeks and 5 days; the boys still remain in the hospital. Below, you will find a short version of the Kipers’ story.
On September 22, 2012, I will be having a coed softball tournament along with a silent auction to raise money for the twins and their family. I am asking for local businesses to help out! We will gladly take any donations, monetary or otherwise, because anything will be greatly appreciated.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are able to help us out or have remaining questions. Again, below is the Kiper’s story and I hope you can find it in your heart to help this sweet family out in some way. Thanks for your time!
Holly and Jacob Kiper were just like any other soon-to-be first time parents. The pregnancy was a long time coming, so they were overjoyed at the opportunity to finally have kids. They looked forward to being parents with great anticipation and were pleasantly surprised to learn that they would be blessed with twin boys.
Only 21 weeks into the pregnancy, Holly’s water broke. She was admitted to the hospital, put on bed-rest, and told that there was a very slim chance that she would make it to 24 weeks of gestation, which is considered the minimum age of viability. At 23 weeks and 5 days, Holly gave birth to Samuel (1 lb 5 oz) and Reid (1 lb 9 oz). Soon after birth, doctors said the twins only had a 50% chance of survival.
During the pregnancy, Holly lost her job as a teacher and with that, health insurance for her and the twins. Unfortunately, the Kipers learned that the twins do not qualify for Medicaid and their insurance will expire on August 31, 2012. The twins’ only option for continued insurance is through COBRA, which will cost the family close to $1,000 per month and the medical bills from the NICU continue to accumulate every day.
Thank you so much for any help you are able to offer the Kiper family!
A website has been set up complete with a Paypal link so you can donate. Or you can contact Jill Conrad at 270 869-5249